A number of artists have been invited to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collections and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre archive. The works in this exhibition will be the artists' responses to this opportunity. I have used the Pelpham Puppet Archive, held at the Swindon and Wiltshire History Centre as the starting point for my work, below.
My drawings are up in the Landscape Gallery of Derby Museum, as part of this group exhibition. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the work next week and meeting (some) of the other artists in the above list! Thank you to Andrea Hadley-Johnson, the curator and mastermind behind this project.
I'm delighted to have been included in this exhibition, opening 14 July 2017 at Derby Museum - "This exhibition features a fascinating variety of drawings, from Henry Moore to David Shrigley, Maggi Hambling and Frank Auerbach. Look out for commissioned works by Stephen Carley, Tim Shore, Susan Kester, Liz Atkin, Steve Chapman and Nick Parker in the gallery and adjacent spaces."
29th November 2016 - 20th May 2017
The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham, Gloucestershire, GL2 7JR (see www.theoldpassage.com for opening times). Featuring the artwork of 26 artists, who use a variety of media and techniques; painting, ceramics, photography, jewellery, drawing and printmaking. Their work explores the real and imagined as it investigates places between the light and dark, tranquility and threat, memory and history.
I am pleased to have been asked to contribute to the Drawing Discussion at the Line Gallery in Stroud.
“An accurate survey of the mannor of Fisherton Delameer in the County of Wilts belonging to his Grace Charles Duke of Bolton by Will Godson 1742”
A 20’ x 7’ map, with ledger documenting tenants and land usage. 628/7/MS
My work is based on experience of place so having studied the map at the archive and built up an image of the manor and what the lives of the tenants might have been like, I then decided to pay a visit. I thought of this as ‘A day out with Mr Ingrams’, one of the tenant farmers who had quite a number of properties and acreage scattered across the estate.
I prepared for the day by getting a modern OS map with Fisherton de la Mere at its centre. It shows the area is now dissected by the A36 but there is still much open down and farm land with drainage ditches in the valley floor connecting to the river. There are 15 ancient sites marked on the map within a 2½ mile radius of Fisherton church.
On my first visit the River Wylye had burst its banks. The second time it was hot and dry. I collected material both physical and visual – a lump of chalk, trash from the roadside, photographs, notes, and rubbings from the church at Stockton. I have then worked in my studio, incorporating these, sometimes directly, on a series of drawings relating to my experience of the maps and my visits to the estate.
Art from the Archives
Exploring Ephermera- Sketched out
Young Gallery Salisbury
11 October – 1 November
‘Art from the Archives’ exhibition at Gallery One, Young Gallery, Salisbury Library, 11 October to 1 November 2014. This is an exhibition that has emerged through artists engaging with a collection of documents selected by staff at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. From the 8 miles of shelves the 16 chosen objects showed the diversity of the knowledge and contents of the Centre.
The artists have fully engaged with the object, showing real commitment and a highly personal response. Their exploration looks at the tension between history and the present; between the origin of meaning within the intention of the author and the power of the reader to unmake, redefine and interpret shapes and scratches of the past into something new that speaks to the living world.
The initial parameters for the project were a 2B pencil and a piece of paper no bigger than A5; no other material was to be used. The submissions have been brought together as ‘The Semantic Archive’ artists’ book. This is to be launched at the exhibition, and it can also be viewed digitally via issuu.com/juliesmithissuu.com/docs/semantic_archive.
The exhibition is an extension of the 2B pencil gatherings into pieces of work that reflect the artists’ discoveries via material that has been chosen to connect with each person’s chosen field.
The exhibition will be selected and curated by Peter Riley, Curator, Young Gallery, Peter Tyas, Manager, Arts and Archives, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Julie Smith, Visual Lead, Artist, Art Lecturer at School of Art, Swindon College. This exhibition will enliven interest in the task of preserving historical records and their place/relevance in our world. Not to be missed…
Private view 2pm, Saturday 11 October.
This one is off to a new home today (sale from the Open Studio).